One More Cookie . . . Puhlease

Sometimes me think what is love, and then me think love is what last cookie is for.
Me give up the last cookie for you.
         ~ Cookie Monster


I have a terrible sweet tooth. I mean, really terrible. I inherited from my Grandma Heaton who could happily eat sweets all day long. If cookies are in the house, I don't stop 'til they're all gone. So, when my husband buys cookies, well, he hides them from me.

Remember that big 'ole move this summer? My Tom's employer paid to have a moving company pack us up, store our stuff for a month, and then move us into our new house. And, you know, God love 'em (and I really DO love those movers), movers don't ask questions. They just pile stuff into boxes and move to the next cabinet. Guess what?! When we were unpacking those TONS of kitchen boxes, we found random baggies of stale cookies with the spices, dish towels, soup pots, inside the crock pot . . . Nearly every box held a Crackerjack-like prize of candies and cookies.

Yep! Tom hides the cookies. It's everyone for himself, especially when it comes to cookies.


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Given the above (my crazy, crazy sweet tooth), you gotta know one of my favorite long-time, all-time challenge sites is the {Cupcake Inspiration} challenge. Rachel Hope finds these amazing, amazing cupcakes to inspire our paper crafts. I mean, really, what's more fun than sweets and paper crafting? Certainly nothing I know of.  So, I about fell into a hyperglycemic, diabetic coma when Hope asked me to be a guest designer on her challenge blog and sent me this picture. That's the inspiration for this week's challenge sponsored by Crop Stop. Isn't that yummy?!

I flipped this fun and easy January sketch from I{heart}2stamp.


Here are the Copic makers I used and the rest of the recipe.

  • Paper – October Afternoon Modern Homemaker and Thrift Shop, Stampin' Up! Neutrals, Neenah 
  • Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics 1021-F (Abagail's Too Late for Cake) and 8039-C (Just One More Cookie)
  • Inks – Copic Markers, Distress Inks Antique Linen, Memento
  • Tools – Nestabilities, Sewing Machine
  • Fibers – Some of my stockpiled lace, My Mind's Eye seam binding
  • Other Mediums – Stampin' Up! pastels for Abigail's cheeks
  • Glitter – Ritz Crystal Micro Fine Glitter
  • Techniques – Paper Piecing, Sewing, Distressing



Guess what I found last night when I was pulling the last of the Christmas mugs out of the cabinet – Pepperidge Farm Chessmen behind one of the mugs! We think Tom was a squirrel in a previous life.



Hay There!

If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a harvest.
          ~ Douglas Jerrold





I had so much fun with this Penny Black stamp. I ordered it from Paper Garden Projects a long time ago and have just been holding onto it until I had time to do it justice. If you look closely, you can see a little raffia in the buckets and the little guy's hat. He looks all dressed up for Sunday dinner but more interested in harvesting his frogs. He's kind of a tribute to my inner child. "In every real man [and woman] a child is hidden that wants to play."  ~Friedrich Nietzsche




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This image is so sweet, I knew I wanted the layout of the card to be simple – to make it all about the image. There are a lot of wonderful sketches out there among the sketch challenges this week and I probably spent about as much time searching for just the right sketch as I spent making the card – well almost. I did a lot of paper piecing which meant a lot of detail cutting, but it was worth it. Laura's sketch over at 2Sketches 4 You was perfect.


CIC77I took a lot of inspiration from both the color and concept from this weeks Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #77. Don't these cupcakes make you want to grab some apple cider and jump on a hayride?And the Just Us Girls, JUGS 51 challenge was a perfect fit, a color challenge using black, red and green. And lastly (yes, I really slammed the challenges this week), I took my sentiment from this week's Card of the Week challenge – to make a card about "thinking of you."


So . . . all that put together made this:


Ah . . .

So, loves, here's the rest of the recipe and the Copic Markers. Because of all the paper piecing, the only things colored with markers are the hair, skin, frogs, pussy willows, and grass. I used the grays to add shading to the paper pieces.

  • Fibers: linen thread and raffia ribbon
  • Ink – Memento Black Tuxedo, Copic  markers (see below), Stampin' Up More Mustard and Creamy Carmel (sponged around the edges)
  • Paper – Neenah Card Stock, Basic Grey Oliver and Mortifica 6×6 paper pad, and Prism cardstock.
  • Stamp: Penny Black Hoppy Day
  • Tools: Nestabilities and EK Success 5/8" circle punch
  • Misc.:  Stampin' Up! Vintage Mini Tags, Magic Mesh, Crystal Effects (on the frogs).







Happy Fall ya'll! Here's hoping you got a chance to see that beautiful full Harvest moon tonight and embrace your inner child.



A Profusion of Zinnias

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. 
               ~Claude Monet




We've been bustling with activity to get ready for our new house in Waco. We're so excited about it. It was built in 1959 but has been updated with a lot of loving care. Even though we can't move in until after June 25, my Tom and Caitlin spent most of Saturday and Sunday picking out pots and configuring them to make a beautiful fountain for the back yard. It was hard to resist buying a truck-load of flowers, but, with my not-so-green thumb, they would die before I even got them planted. So, I did the next best thing – I made a card.

I knew when I saw this sign at our favorite nursery what I would make this weekend – a card with my new Impression Obsession stamp, Zinnias. Hey, they're 25% off (the Zinnias at my nursery, not the stamp). 




My photography skills don't quite do the image justice. I stamped the image on Neenah paper and colored them with my Copic markers (see below). Then, I used a paint brush to apply Crystal Lacquer. Before the lacquer dried, I sprinkled just a little bit of glitter onto the lacquer. Hopefully, the end result is water glistening in the sun.

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I didn't quite make the deadline for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge this past week (CIC60), but I still loved the inspiration. Don't these look yummy?


I almost didn't make the deadline for the Mojo Monday sketch this week. Just under the wire I used the Mojo140 sketch. What a great sketch.


Here are the Copic Markers and the rest of the recipe.

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  • Embellishments – Oriental Trader Garden Charms, Button from Mom's button jar
  • Fibers: Sorry, this was just a scrap of ribbon – I'm not sure where I got it
  • Ink – Memento Rich Cocoa; Copics (currently 25% off at Paper Garden Projects)
  • Paper – Basic Grey (Kioshi – yummy!); Neenah, Prism
  • Stamp: Impression Obsession Zinia E2313
  • Tools: EK Success Punch
  • Misc.: Sentiment is from computer font, Crystal Lacquer, Stampendous Glitter


I hope you're all enjoying a three-day weekend and the opportunity to honor our service men and women.